One chef, one ingredient: chef to Canada's Prime Minister on maple syrup
This week, chef Tim Wasylko, who cooks for the family of Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, stays true to his Canuck roots and chooses to vaunt the merits of his country's national food: maple syrup.
Why did you choose this ingredient?
Tim Wasylko: Many people don’t realize how amazing it is to work with.
What’s your favorite anecdote associated with the product ?
TW: I attended a trade show in Cologne, Germany five years ago, where I made maple syrup taffy by reducing the maple syrup and pouring it on snow where it hardened. The people were amazed. It was a big hit.
When is the ingredient in season ?
TW: Maple trees are tapped in spring but available year-round.
What’s the best way to use it ?
TW: To bring out the natural nuances of maple syrup, use it as a glaze.
What foods or ingredients does it pair best with ?
TW: When it’s reduced, you can use it to glaze foie gras and other charcuterie meats. It’s also great for sweetening vinaigrettes.
What are the most common mistakes people make when cooking with this
TW: Not recognizing its versatility. Maple syrup can be used as a seasoning
and sweetener, not just on pancakes.